2017 Agency of DistinctionFrom summer lunch programs to heating assistance, Freeport Community Services is there to help neighbors in need."Here, it really feels like a family. It's more than just a community," said Paula Paladino, Executive Director.And it's a very large family. FCS was created by seven compassionate women and now has grown to 11 employees and 600 volunteers.One volunteer, Erol Sandy, says he really feels at home at FCS.At FCS, you feel like they've known you for years," said Sandy. "And I really mean that from my heart."Programs provided to those in need include free transportation, medical equipment, health programs, and nutrition services. An early literacy program, summer camp scholarships, and a Back-Pack program providing weekend food assistance, are some of the enrichment services available to families with children. A food pantry, feeding over 400 people monthly, as well as fuel and emergency assistance programs are also available. 70% of Freeport Community Services’ funding comes from the agency thrift store, where items can be donated and sold to support the FCS.
Freeport Community Services is a nonprofit, and doesn't receive any funds from the municipality. It relies on donations, fundraisers, and the work of volunteers.
"When you get here and start communicating with the folks here, it brings out, in me personally, who I am," said Sandy.
Each year over 2,500 Freeport and Pownal residents receive services and over 46,000 residents visit the center.
Every single day, I'm excited to come to work," said Sarah Lundin, Community Services Coordinator. "And to know the people who need help, are not only getting that help, but are making friends in the process."